Raúl Cordero is a contemporary artist working primarily in oil on canvas. Born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba, Cordero now lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico. He attended the Academia San Alejandro and Instituto Superior de Diseño in Havana and later at the Graphic Media Development Centre and the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Cordero's works lay text and images over each other, emphasizing the dynamics between the old and the new and the value of each in contemporary culture. He uses modern technology to de-construct or alter images before he paints them in the more traditional method of oil on canvas. Despite his studies of new media, Cordero prefers to utilize painting as his primary medium to take advantage of the oscillation between the old and the new. Abstraction and alteration allow Cordero to explore how we use and create images and what they mean in a world in which we are constantly bombarded with text and images. The movement between space both physical and metaphorical is a key aspect of Cordero's paintings, which give the appearance of movement within the picture plane, and represent Cordero's movement between Cuba, Europe, and the United States.